Sky talks about her new job as Miss American Samoa

Miss American Samoa Skyline Ese’ese Ah Soon Nua performs the traditional siva Samoa during Saturday night’s 4th Annual Business Awards ceremony sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Professional Women of American Samoa at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium. This is Nua’s last public performance in Pago Pago before heading today to Samoa for the Miss South Pacific Pageant. [photo: Fili Sagapolutele]

A week after being crowned Miss American Samoa, Ms. Skyline Ah Soon Nua made the ultimate decision, the ultimate sacrifice: resigned from her full time job to dedicate herself to the title of Miss American Samoa and the community service and other obligations that come with being the territory's goodwill ambassador.

"Being Miss American Samoa is not just a job, it's an opportunity to promote American Samoa, it's an opportunity to promote what you can within your community," said Nua in an interview with Samoa News at her home in Tafuna on Saturday before heading to Apia today for the annual Miss South Pacific Pageant.

Nua will be accompanied by a five-member delegation from the Miss American Samoa Inc. (MASI) organization for the one-week regional pageant, which opens today in Samoa with a church service. The official pageant night or final night of competition is Dec. 10.

Nua worked at the Bank of Hawai'i where she greatly enjoyed her job but she had to make a decision.

"It took me a week after the pageant to think about whether to give up my job or stay on. If I leave my job, where would I get money? I though about the fact that I was giving up a paying job," said Nua. "But in the end, I reached a very important decision in my life - it was a priority for me to dedicate myself full time to the Miss American Samoa title."

"Being Miss American Samoa is a 24/7 job because I am the representative of the territory, the ambassador of goodwill of American Samoa," she said smiling. "This is an excellent opportunity to help my community and give back to my community - my island home."

"So this is my commitment, my priority, which is to serve our people as Miss American Samoa, because it's my home, my country and I am to represent my home with pride, with humility, with confidence," said Nua with another smile on her face.

"And besides, you can't serve two masters at the same time. I have to give up something to achieve good in another area and you have to sacrifice something for the betterment of all," said Nua.

In tomorrow's edition, more details from the Samoa News interview with Miss American Samoa.


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